Megan is entering her eighth year of teaching. She began her career teaching culturally and linguistically diverse first and second grades in a large public school district near Denver, Colorado. After the 2012 Olympics, in which her husband Ben coached an athlete to a bronze medal in mountainbiking, the Olletts moved to Salt Lake City. Megan spent the last two years teaching second grade at an independent school in the valley. While her expertise is in literacy, she is enthusiastic about all aspects of teaching and is deeply committed to supporting her students as they grow as learners and as individuals.
When Megan is not teaching, you can find her riding bikes, hiking with her rambunctious dog Hank, practicing yoga, reading, skiing, and spending time with her husband and friends. She is thrilled to begin her first year as a member of the Park City Day School community! email >
Martha Polichette, 2nd Grade
University of Utah, BS
Quote: "I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have."—Thomas Jefferson
Teaching was a second career for Martha Polichette. Her first love was being a wife and mother of two sons. But she always wanted to be a teacher and went back to school at the University of Utah. She worked in several public schools throughout Utah until graduation and taught fourth grade for one year at an independent school in Salt Lake City.
Once Martha experienced the difference in the philosophy of teaching between independent and public schools, she knew independent schooling was the ideal place for her. She then discovered a great, independent school in Park City and has remained there for fourteen years. She currently teaches second grade and loves every minute of it. She was nominated Teacher of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into National Honor Roll’s Outstanding American Teachers for Exceptional Performance in 2006.
Whenever possible, Martha works on landscaping, walks, skis, and spends time with her family. She especially loves to travel abroad with her husband to visit the many places included in her curriculum. Her next adventure is rock climbing with one of her two sons. email >
Ramsay Hill, 3rd Grade
Middlebury College, BA
Harvard University, MA
Quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats
Ramsay Hill grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire. She attended a boarding school in Holderness, New Hampshire where her love for the outdoors, athletics, academics and the arts flourished. After high school she attended Middlebury College in Vermont where she majored in environmental studies and literature and minored in studio art. Ramsay was a four-year member of the varsity alpine ski team.
Upon graduation Ramsay decided to look west and moved to Aspen, Colorado to coach for their ski team. She coached for two years before realizing that children and education were absolutely her passion and she began teaching at the Aspen Country Day School. She spent two years as a co-teacher in 4th and 5th grade and two years with the 3rd grade.
In 2013 Ramsay graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology. Once again, she looked west and made the move to Park City where her boyfriend was working hard towards becoming a member of the 2014 Olympic Ski team (a goal he succeeded in achieving!).
Ramsay loves being a part of the community that Park City Day School provides. She believes in educating the whole-child: student, athlete, artist, and citizen. When she isn’t in the classroom you can find her in the outdoors skiing, fishing, biking, running, camping or reading.
Nicole Bunting, 4th Grade
University of Utah, BA
Quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn
Born and raised in Utah, Nicole Bunting knew teaching was for her after taking her first Education course at Utah State University. She spent two years there, then moved back to Salt Lake where she graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Elementary Education.
Nicole has worked as both a preschool and Elementary school teacher, but spent the last year as a home-school learning coach. She loved the independence and flexibility of non-traditional teaching and found that same freedom at Park City Day School. Nicole is passionate about teaching life skills while also focusing on intellect, and is excited to foster academic and emotional success in all her students.
Outside of work, Nicole loves being active, reading, spending time in the sun, and being with friends and family. She is thrilled to be a part of the PCDS community.
Mike Walden, 4th Grade
Ball State University, BS
Weber State University, MS
Those thatleaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but they will do very fewthings. -- George Savile
Mike Walden is originally from Indiana, where he attended BallState University and studied broadcast communications. After years of working in television and filmin Los Angeles, Mike decided that scenicUtah was more his pace. He became ateacher accidentally after substitute teaching in Park City 10 years ago. After realizing the possibilities of this newcareer, Mike attended Weber State University where he received his degree inElementary Education.
Mike has since taught both 4th and 5thgrade in Indiana and in the Florida Keys in a variety of settings such ascharter, public and Montessori schools. Mike is excited to be joining the Park CityDay School family and sharing his passion for creating a love of learning.
When Mike isn’t in the classroom you can most likely findhim pursuing his other passions- fishing Utah’s rivers or enjoying the winterweather on his snowboard.
Brett Walter, 5th grade
Columbia University - BA
Lewis & Clark College - MAT
Quote: "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
Brett Walter was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. As a child he loved to swim, play basketball, tennis and ride bikes. He loved the outdoors and hiked, fished, backpacked and sea kayaked in various places around the state. Swimming was his true calling and is what he carried on into college.
Brett left Anchorage in 1990 for Columbia University in New York City. He studied American History as an undergrad and also did some coursework at Barnard College in their teacher preparation program. New York was a great experience and it was during his time spent teaching swim lessons that he found his true passion in life, which was making a kid's day and teaching him or her how to swim.
In between college and arriving in Park City, Brett lived in Colorado where he trained for a cross country bike ride. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996 and lived there until moving to Utah. He taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade in a suburb of Portland and was involved in technology advancement, bike club, environmental magnet school, and many outdoor school trips with 6th graders. He brings to PCDS 14 years of experience and a passion for having kids succeed and do more than they ever thought they could.
Brett is looking forward to working in a new environment and the opportunity to be on the slopes as much as possible. He's also excited for the hiking, mountain biking, and road biking that are abundant in the state as well as spending more time with his brother's family who live in the area. He also loves to cook and play guitar when hanging out at home. email >
Leo Moshier, 5th Grade
Roberts Wesleyan College, BS
Minnesota State University, MS
Quote: If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. - John Dewey
Leo Moshier spent much of his time outside growing up in rural upstate New York. After earning a degree in Elementary Education at Roberts Wesleyan, Leo taught middle school math and Outdoor Education at The Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, NY for six years. As he started a graduate degree in Experiential Education, Leo moved to Utah where he taught 3rd grade at The Colby School and at Park City Academy, the two schools that came together to form Park City Day School in 2010.
After taking time away from teaching to complete his Masters, Leo returns to Park City Day School as one of our 5th grade team teachers - to help create a safe, respectful 5th grade experience where hard work, creativity and success are celebrated and failures or setbacks are seen as opportunities to reflect and grow.
When not in the classroom, Leo enjoys leading outdoor education trips -- the outdoor classroom that makes such a difference for our students -- and spends his free time camping and hiking some more, and reading. email >